Posted on May 12, 2008

My name in kanji!

I was a little gutted when I got my inkan, back in March, and it seemed there was no good way to write my name in kanji. 😦 It is traditional to always pick ‘good’ kanji for a name – you don’t want to end up with a name that means death or destruction or, … Continue reading

New sushi…

I’m very excited.  There’s a new sushi shop opening up right near my apartment.  Every day I walk past and check on its progress.  I’ve watched it being refitted inside and decorated outside, and it looks like it should be opening pretty soon. Today, when I walked past, I saw something I had never seen … Continue reading

Women in Japan

I saw something yesterday that got me thinking about the role of women in Japan. Japanese women are usually portrayed as very mild and subservient, and we often think of the classic image of the geisha serving the business man. Japanese women have a great deal of pressure on them to be the perfect housewives … Continue reading